Aaron Hernandez hires Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012, file photo, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coral Gables, Fla. ESPN and Fox Sports reported on June 8, 2016, that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has hired Baez to represent him in an upcoming murder trial. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez has hired the lawyer who famously won an acquittal for Florida mom Casey Anthony to represent him in his upcoming double-murder trial.

The former New England Patriots star has retained Florida-based attorney Jose Baez. The legal team will also include Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan and New York City lawyer Alex Spiro.

Spiro has confirmed the arrangement to The Associated Press.

Hernandez is awaiting trial for a 2012 double murder in Boston and has pleaded not guilty. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. His lawyers in that case, James Sultan and Charles Rankin, tell the AP in a statement that they “wish Aaron the best.”

Baez gained fame during Anthony’s 2011 trial on charges that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The case garnered national media attention after photos showed Anthony partying in the days after her daughter’s disappearance.

 

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